What is an AI file?
An AI file is a popular graphic file type in which vector files are saved.
The main feature of an AI file is that it can be enlarged and reduced indefinitely without loss of quality.
AI counterpart: pixel file
A pixel file (like a JPG) is the counterpart of an AI. The main difference between the two is that a pixel file becomes blocky when enlarged (as shown in the image above). An AI file can be magnified indefinitely without loss of sharpness.
What does the abbreviation AI mean?
AI is the abbreviation for Adobe Illustrator. This term refers to the file format. This file extension is also often described as .ai. Illustrator is a widely used program to create vector files.
Why do I need an AI?
Because an AI file stays sharp when enlarged, they are often required for printing. This is useful for the printing company where you have your car stickers made, for example. The printer can enlarge and reduce your logo without losing sharpness. With an AI, your printing will always be razor sharp.
Don’t have the time or inclination to do this yourself? Then let a specialist, such as ViaVector, do it for you.
I have an AI, but it is still not sharp, how is this possible?
This is because it is actually a pixel file, which is saved as an AI. This way, only the file type changes (for example from PNG to AI). The most important thing does not change; the structure of the file. This remains in pixels instead of vectors.
The solution is simple: the pixels in the file must be converted to vectors. Don’t feel like doing this yourself? We can help you with that.
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